Trans Rights in BC: Some Interesting Case Law That Mattered

Notes from a seminar I gave at UBC Allard School of law in 2021 for law students and interested faculty…augmented with some additional details afterwards. This is a living document. Delivered 28 Jan 2021 to Allard Law School (online) Morgane Oger, Morgane Oger Foundationhttps://ogerfoundation.cahttps://twitter.com/ogerfoundation|https://twitter.com/morganeogerbc What is Trans? “Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from the sex that they were assigned at birth. Some transgender people who desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another identify as transsexual.” – Wikipedia American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic Statistical Manual – V (version five): Gender Dysphoria World Health Organization ICD-11: Gender Incongruence Numbers … Continue reading Trans Rights in BC: Some Interesting Case Law That Mattered

Assertions minus evidence equals bias

I seem to have attracted the scorn of never-allow-trans-kids-to-transition crowd again, including that obsessive sandwich board guy who has taken a keen interest in things that to my knowledge don’t impact him at all. The conversation about medical transition of children and young adults is fascinating to me. Many of us worked hard to protect against discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression and sexual orientation. It took queer rights advocates years to get these two explicit protections locked in, and in both cases there are myriad reasons postulated why such protection should not happen. Each time, socially-conservative … Continue reading Assertions minus evidence equals bias

Happy Coming Out Day

Today is Coming Out Day. On this day some of those of us who came out as who we are today and have the privilege of being able to speak about it publicly do so. I started telling people I might be transgender in 2011 after years of secrecy and shame over who I was. I came out openly in September 2013 – on Facebook. Maclean’s Magazine asked me to share my story in 2014, not very long after I decided to come out. To mark #ComingOutDay this year, I’m thrilled to re-share their excellent work here. I am so … Continue reading Happy Coming Out Day

Vancouver Rape Relief failure to meet Vancouver criteria for program funding shows pressing need to update approach

In 2019, the City renewed their funding with the warning that the organization’s practices did not comply with eligibility criteria for program funding by the City of Vancouver. The city informed Vancouver Rape Relief that unless the organization took measures to meet the city’s inclusion criteria for funding, 2020 funding would be denied. Next week, Vancouver Rape Relief (VRR) is set to have its funding application denied by the City of Vancouver. This is despite a sophisticated pressure campaign on our city council urging them to ignore the staff recommendations that they deny funding for an education program VRR has … Continue reading Vancouver Rape Relief failure to meet Vancouver criteria for program funding shows pressing need to update approach

Dear congregation, to hate is to sin…

The email below illustrates why we need to clamp down on groups accessing public funds through their charity status to incite discrimination and exclusion. Churches and groups named in this email are violating the terms of their charitable status. It was sent to people in Metro Vancouver inviting them to an event intended to help them push back against their children in the event they turn out to be gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual. The criminalization of conversion therapy can’t come soon enough. Similar to Meghan Murphy‘s secular work at #GIDYVR, This group isn’t just espousing transphobia but also homophobia. … Continue reading Dear congregation, to hate is to sin…

Tell me, How will reducing Vancouver car traffic impact your life?

If you live in Vancouver, I’d love to hear what you think about this. Please comment here or use the contact form for a less public engagement.

The media is reporting that the City of Vancouver is set to reduce Prior Street speed limits to 30km/h and reduce lanes to 1 in each direction starting Monday between Gore and Raymur for a 1-year test of traffic flows.

A Car drives down Vancouver's Prior Street.
Photo: CTV
A Car drives down Vancouver’s Prior Street.
Photo: CTV
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